1. SEW U !
    Producing Shores workshop
    How to divide a single action in a foggy coordination of slabs.  
    The space is circumscribed by sail textiles, a flux of air between the courtyard and the street makes palpitate the sails, they are looking for  new shore doorways.
    Two islands are brushing against each other, floating connections run by electric long cables.
    Plate tectonics theory maneuvers by the habitants of each slab.
    Their boarders are touching, wooden sound, who is sitting at the machine is directly sewn a dress on the body of who is wearing it.
    The dress should be larger than the habitants in order to allow her/him to move inside of it. 
    There is no chance to get out of it while the sewing island is connecting the different patches.
    The process is slower because the action is broken down between a group of people.
    The procedure of construction of the shell requests the coordination of everyone involved in it.
    Somebody always cares. An open rain starts offshore the Ysland. There are some plums in the drawer, you want one?

     The action is dilating in hours, we land on VecchioMerda DanzBand and the costumes for the performance at Centrale Fies/1 August are going to be prepared.
    Gesuco Razzati rehearses the soundtrack for Tabù by Murnau. It will be presented in September at Almanac INN.
    Thanks to Lucia Barbagallo, Josè Chaves, Martina Allegra De Rosa, Gemma Noris, Gesuco Razzati,  Alessandro Trevisan, vecchiomerda danzbanb and all the participants.
    Almanac INN, Torino June 2014

  2. Now it looks like my old house in Milan! Derek shouts, and yes, here it is. The wooden steps of the curved stairs with their silver steel railing going up into his bedroom. Big pieces of textiles sewn together to three huge rolls ~of waterfalls, always we have water spinning around in our imagination~ that fall down from the upper rail. His old home becomes our workshop setting in the gallery’s basement. A sewing machine, much like the one he found for me the first time we worked together, stands on a round mirror that lies on an old white table framework. Some mirrors are on another table and a table of glass is placed to invite visitors to work with us for themselves. They enter and choose the fabric they like by pulling the waterfall ribbons of textile in their continuing roll; one is rolling through a table and another through a white bench. People come and we’re happy that they pin the simple paper patterns to cut their T-shirts. Derek’s video archive lightens the space, shining out of projectors on the fabrics and on us. The basement gets filled by more and more participants, helping one another. Talking and looking in the waiting time for scissors or the seat in front of the sewing machine. Concentration cocktails of rosemary are in the hands of some and a pineapple perfume is in the air. The new airy shirts of transparent and colourful patterned textiles are shown and we laugh. Suddenly the waterfall jumps over and floats away, halfway gone somebody shouts it’s closing time!

    Workshop during the opening of Hello World!
    Curated by Zoe Marden and Cat Turner, Atelier KSR, Berlin - 30 May 2014


  3. We will present our new performance Forcella
    as part of Alps Covers Tour by Isamit Morales
    9 May ~ Torino, Corso Giulio Cesare, private venue
    10 May ~ Milano, SOAP Milano
    11 May ~ Lugano, Sonnenstube



    Matteo Rubbi invited us to do a workshop as part of his show
    - Studio Guenzani, Milan - Italy.

    One of his works is an installation of little concrete mountains,
    models of the Alps in miniature scale.


    Zoom-in and zoom-out

    We recognise different unities if we zoom out from where we are. 
    The Alps are form a unit of mountains because we regard them from space.

    We outline different groups if we can see them from far away; 
    we can distinguish different units if we aren’t absorbed in an environment.

    If we zoom-in we will loose the definition of units, 
    we glimpse parts of the differences in each of the people who are living together.

    If we zoom-in more and more, we will arrive at the dimension of atoms and may get totally lost.

    For his last show at Studio Guenzani, Matteo brought all the elements of the periodic table
    into the gallery space. Each element was represented by an everyday object 
    that contains traces of this element.

    Chemical reactions turn substances into another states.

    Our everyday life and our own organisms are composed of water.

    With the participants we attempted to compose an ideal human unit, 
    taking the shape of mountains or towers.

    Water mixed with textile colours in plastic cups were used to pass on this effort and to communicate the actions of the participants to each other.

    The workshop ended with a chemical experiment: using everyday daily substances, 
    we produced foam and liberated oxygen from hydrogen peroxide.

    The contents inside the bottle slowly exploded into the room, 
    forming a coloured cloud that disappeared at the same time as it grew.


    Thanks to Heriel Di Fabio, theatre-circus student, to help us out with the human structures.

    Three new white jumpers were presented and then coloured during this workshop.



    - Room: covered by plastic sheets, found fabrics, towels.

    - Silk colours and water

    - Tapes and glasses

    - Substances for the chemical experiment


    An hour and a half.




  8. DAY TWO

    Environment take away

    Everything around us can be used.
    We invited the participants to work with the environment of the previous day
    to make an object that could be completed by an action made by someone.

    It could be something to wear, an object to be held, or a sculpture that could be moved, …

    The participants were divided in small groups of three;
    every ten minutes a group switched to work on the object that another group made earlier.

    At certain points many of the objects were tied to a person and
    the workshop developed though improvisations,
    from a karaoke to a fight between a couple of participants balancing on the shoulders of others.


    Everything from the day before


    - Two hours




    Walking Talking Collecting

    Turning the usual timeline of a workshop upside down,
    the future is our present and tomorrow is today.

    Researching what already happened
    and knowing what’s going on now is fundamental in a practice;

    it is not about trends but about empathy with other researchers
    and being open to sharing with them.

    Searching develops our sight sense of things and places we pass through daily.
    Searching for oversight in a practice opens new possible directions.

    We walked from the gallery space to the Isola quarter, where Sprint,
    a festival of independent editions and art books, was just starting.

    Isola quarter is an area in Milan that is increasingly affected by gentrification.

    During the walk we invited the participants to collect pictures and objects
    that could be the beginning of their new works or post-souvenirs of the three days together.

    The workshop ended when we arrived at the festival and the materials collected were shown on http://2008wtc.tumblr.com/, to be launched at Matteo’s finissage.


    We’d like to continue the experience of WTC in future workshops.

    (Photo by Margherita & Lorenza)